Galloway Township, N.J. - September 21, 2018 - The Springfield College women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches during the opening day of the Osprey Classic hosted by Stockton University on Friday evening.
Springfield, which entered the weekend receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Assocation (AVCA) Division III National Poll, had its 10-match winning streak snapped as it dropped to 10-2.
Springfield will conclude the Classic on Saturday when it faces Catholic and Moravian starting at 11 am.
Stockton 3, Springfield 2 (18-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-7)
Despite cruising to wins in the first two sets against Stockton, Springfield could not close out the victory as it lost for the first time in the 2018 season with the setback. Jen Donnelly (Exeter, R.I.) put together a tremendous effort on the pin, racking up 20 kills at a .386 clip to go along with 12 digs and five blocks. Classmate Hayley Kmetz (Ardsley, N.Y.) added 13 kills, while the middle blocker tandem of Katie vonKampen (South Setauket, N.Y.) and Camryn Bancroft (Eastport, N.Y.) combined for 15 kills and 12 blocks. Under the direction of Sara Labadorf (Huntersville, N.C.), Springfield hit .300 as a team in the loss.
After easing their way to wins in the first two sets and forcing the hosts into 23 hitting errors, Springfield appeared poised to sweep the match, owning an 18-14 lead after a kill by Bancroft. However, Stockton would score the next six points as the momentum in the match began to shift. Springfield would regain a 23-22 lead on a kill by Donnelly, but the Ospreys scored the final three points to take a 25-23 win in a frame where Springfield totaled 13 kills at a .407 clip.
Stockton would open up a 21-17 lead in the fourth, only to have the Pride rattle off a 5-1 burst fueled by three kills from Donnelly to knot things at 22-all. However, Stockton would settle in and force a fifth set with another 25-23 win.
After Kmetz and vonKampen combined for a huge stuff at 4-4 in the fifth, the hosts poured on six-unanswered points to ease their way to a 15-7 win and complete the comeback. Springfield managed just three kills in the fifth, compared to 11 by Stockton.
Cabrini 3, Springfield 0 (25-17, 26-24, 28-26)
Camryn Bancroft was strong in the middle for the Pride in the three-set loss, totaling 12 kills and four blocks, Bridget Walsh (Garrison, N.Y.) came off the bench to produce six blocks, and Mackenzie Nunes (The Woodlands, Texas) had 16 assists in directing the Pride offense.
Cabrini jumped out to an 8-1 lead to start the opening frame and cruised to a 25-17 win. In the second, Springfield built a 24-20 lead, but surrendered the final six points of the set as the Cavaliers escaped with a 26-24 win. In the third set, the Pride rallied from a 23-20 deficit with four-consecutive points, capped off by an ace by Hannah Lozano (Stockton, Calif.), to earn set point. However, Cabrini would eventually pull out a 28-26 win to finish off the sweep.
Photo by Sam Leventhal